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The Last House on the Street

The Last House on the Street: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble®

By Diane Chamberlain

The writing is good, and the topic important. I had a hard time empathizing with Ellie due to the way she contributed to Win’s death. Ellie came across as a clueless, entitled white girl/woman who should have known better and not put Win’s life in jeopardy.

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Infinite Country

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By Patricia Engel

A well written and engaging story from multiple perspectives about immigration, legal and not, so very timely. I liked it because of the blending of local conditions in Colombia with person experience of migration and insight into that experience.

The Personal Librarian

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By Marie Benedict

OK, it’s pretty much a given that I would pick up a historical novel about a librarian… But this is so captivating! The woman who curated JP Morgan’s library was a fascinating character, a woman excelling in the “man’o world” of manuscript acquisition. And she had and lived with a huge secret her whole life! She was black, passing as white.  Such a vital story today, too.

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The Removed

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By Brandon Hobson

Interesting characters. Native culture good.

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A History of What Comes Next

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By Sylvain Neuvel

Well written, good story. I would recommend this book.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I loved the storytelling-by-letter format. The book was (surprise!) so much better than the movie.

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Clark and Division

Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara

By Naomi Hirahara

I love historical fiction, and this was the first time I’d read about the treatment of the Japanese during WWII. I loved the way she developed the characters. The “bad guys” were really the “good guys” and vice versa!

The President’s Daughter

The president's daughter

By Bill Clinton and James Patterson

It’s a big book but fast reading.  Great for a lazing day on the deck!

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School

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By Louis Sachar
(Children)

One of my favorite books. Quick, silly, and sometimes insightful vignettes about students and teachers at Wayside, a school that was built sideways so it’s 30 stories tall. (The builder said he was very sorry.) Great for bedtime, read-alouds, or children who like quick, funny reads!
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The Edge Chronicles

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By Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
(Juvenile)

Another really good fantasy series, full of action and adrenaline. These books are really entertaining to read!
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Big Girl, Small Town

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By Michelle Gallen
Didn’t care for the style. The author used dashes instead of quotation marks. Reading in Irish isn’t my thing.
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The Secret Life of Bees

The secret life of bees

By Sue Monk Kidd (narrator for audio book: Jenna Lamia)
Poetic prose and tragically lovely. Depicts strong, independent women.
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NPR Road Trips Collection: On the Road Again (CD)

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I listened to this while on a road trip. It was great! NPR-style stories that inform, entertain, and add dimension. Lots of fun!
(Patty agrees!)
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The Dead Husband

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By Carter Wilson
It’s not going to be one of the New York Times best books of the year, but it may be one of the ten best mysteries. The characters were interesting and engaging.
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The Escape Room

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By Megan Goldin
This book scared me from the first page. Look for it to be a 2020 Edgar nominee.
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At the Water’s Edge

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By Sara Gruen
Sara Gruen has a unique way of entering the reader right into her story with both great dialogue and descriptive words. This story leaves you struggling with personal feelings toward its characters and guessing where the story will end. A book quite difficult to put down.
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The Magnificent Mountain Women

The Magnificent Mountain Women : Adventures in the Colorado Rockies by Janet Robertson (2003 ...

By Janet Robertson
An enduring classic, celebrating women adventurers here in Colorado. Check out my grandmother (Harriet Vaille Bouck) and great aunt (Agnes Vaille) who both left a legacy that endures today on Rocky Mountain National Park and, in particular, Longs Peak. Woman power!
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The Good Sister

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By Sally Hepworth
It’s a little reminiscent of The Rosie Project: quirky, but with a DARK side. It kept me guessing!
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A Good Neighborhood

By Therese Ann Fowler
A story of two families on a collision course. It explores class, race, and their effects on two young people trying to navigate their own feelings. Excellent read!
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Remarkable Creatures

By Tracy Chevalier
A moving story of an unusual female friendship, on the brink of God-created vs. evolution.
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Fahrenheit 451

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By Ray Bradbury
Amazing story! One of the best dystopians I have ever read and will not disappoint!
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Foxglove Summer

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By Ben Aaronovitch
#7 in the Rivers of London police procedural/magician stories/series. Two little girls have gone missing–have they been kidnapped by the fairies? Excellent series!
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Big Lies in a Small Town

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By Diane Chamberlain
Very unusual plot, a few too many coincidences but fascinating. Lots of details about art, restoration of art and about the South. Excellent use of situation-appropriate idioms as the time changed from 1939 to 2018. It’s nice to have a book mainly about good people.
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Big Lies in a Small Town

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By Diane Chamberlain
An art student has an opportunity to get out of prison to restore Anna Dale’s 1940s mural. Mysterious questions arise at every turn and make this novel a page turner!
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Tales of the Lazy Z

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By Don Stilson
Did you know Don? Sadly, he died in 2017. But through this newly-published book of stories, you can get acquainted and see what/who you missed.
The stories are classified as fiction, but ring true in many ways and carry a lot of truth, as well as the flavor of our area and of the lifestyle of a modern cattle-raising couple. Ranging from laugh-out-loud funny to throat-lump poignant, every story is a winner.

Our Woman in Moscow

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By Beatriz Williams

Set during the Cold War with dual timelines of 1940 and 1952, this thriller stars twin sisters, two indomitable women whose foe is also a woman. It’s unusual for spy novels to feature this many women, and that, by itself, makes it a fascinating read.
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The Night Always Comes

By Willy Vlautin

This is classic Vlautin—a deeply realistic, empathetic, and depressing life in current America. A thin thread of hope wins the story.
Love Lynette’s gumption and determination. True and sparse prose is a quick read as style matches plot.
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Outlawed

By Anna North

Well written, complex, and driven female protagonist in a believable wild west dystopia. Nicely paced and well written with an apt ending.
Reader Olivia Dawson recommends this book.
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